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by TV4Fun
Mon Nov 19, 2018 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships
Replies: 40
Views: 2413

Re: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships

Shall we talk about the time interval between the discovery of the transistor and the creation of the first smartphone?
by TV4Fun
Wed Nov 14, 2018 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows
Replies: 129
Views: 21709

Re: In my universe...

Is Mal's replacement at least played by Sigourney Weaver? Maybe she doesn't fit "hot woman" by the time Firefly got its 4th season, but I'd love to see a TV series pull off a bikini episode with 65yo women playing beach explodeball. No, Sigourney Weaver can act. The lady they got, well I ...
by TV4Fun
Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:56 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows
Replies: 129
Views: 21709

In my universe...

In my universe, there are 10 seasons of Firefly, and only the first one is actually worth watching. The rest is horribly, embarrassingly bad. Each season had 15 episodes (counting season 1's "Serenity" as two), and if there were cliffhanger endings, they were completely forgotten about by ...
by TV4Fun
Mon Oct 22, 2018 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2062: "Barnard's Star"
Replies: 14
Views: 2873

Re: 2062: "Barnard's Star"

Okay, it's a little disturbing how similarly Randall's and my mind work. I was just reading about Barnard's star on Wikipedia a few days ago, appropos of nothing in particular, and thought for a moment on reading this comic that Randall must have my phone bugged. Then I remembered that the thing tha...
by TV4Fun
Sat Sep 08, 2018 12:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats
Replies: 47
Views: 6975

Re: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats

There also is a bit of a recursion problem here. If a food truck dispenses truck food, then isn't really a truck food truck? And then the food you get from it should more properly be called truck food truck food, so really the truck should've been called a truck food truck food truck.
by TV4Fun
Fri Sep 07, 2018 11:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats
Replies: 47
Views: 6975

Re: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats

The notation proposed by the title text seems to introduce some ambiguity. Is a bananaphone a phone that holds bananas or is it a phone held by a banana?
by TV4Fun
Fri Sep 07, 2018 2:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"
Replies: 86
Views: 10575

Re: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"

That was me with matrix multiplication. "But why do matrices multiply like that? Who says? It's stupid" We started straight off with the applications, so it never seemed stupid. Not easy, but it was clear that there was a point to it all. I wish more schools did that. We spent multiple we...
by TV4Fun
Thu Sep 06, 2018 1:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"
Replies: 86
Views: 10575

Re: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"

My favorite of these is the Maclaurin series. Maclaurin took the already existing Taylor series, set a = 0, and got a whole other series named after him.
by TV4Fun
Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0970: "The Important Field"
Replies: 136
Views: 35430

Re: 0970: "The Important Field"

Sigh at this whole thread. The reason you are required to type your password twice is that it is obscured and so you can't tell if you mistyped it. Requiring you to type an email address, which is generally not obscured and you can see if you mistype, is just idiotic. I have seen websites with regis...
by TV4Fun
Wed Aug 22, 2018 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2036: "Edgelord"
Replies: 35
Views: 5423

Re: 2036: "Edgelord"

Had to look up what an edgelord was. Can someone explain to me how this is different from being a troll, and if there is no difference, why we needed a new word for it? I mean, I'm all for making up new words to describe new ideas, but when you make up a new word for something we already had a perfe...
by TV4Fun
Wed Jan 31, 2018 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1949: "Fruit Collider"
Replies: 54
Views: 7152

1949: "Fruit Collider"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/fruit_collider.png Title text: The most delicious exotic fruit discovered this way is the strawberry banana. Sadly, it's only stable in puree form, so it's currently limited to yogurt and smoothies, but they're building a massive collider in Europe to search for a straw...
by TV4Fun
Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1917: "How to Make Friends"
Replies: 35
Views: 6509

Re: 1917: "How to Make Friends"

Yeah, this whole "talking without doing other things" thing is something I struggle with as well.
by TV4Fun
Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"
Replies: 82
Views: 12190

1916: "Temperature Preferences"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/temperature_preferences.png Title text: There's a supposed Mark Twain quote, "The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco." It isn't really by Mark Twain, but I don't know who said it—I just know they've never been to McMurdo Station. Why isn'...
by TV4Fun
Wed Nov 08, 2017 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1913: "A �"
Replies: 65
Views: 8879

1913: "A �"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/i.png Title text: If you want in on the fun, map a key on your keyboard to the sequence U+0041 U+0020 U+FFFD (or U+0021 U+0020 U+FFFD for the exclamation point version), and then no update can never take this away from you. Apple has patented the lower case letter i. Thi...
by TV4Fun
Mon Nov 06, 2017 11:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1912: "Thermostat"
Replies: 18
Views: 5457

1912: "Thermostat"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/thermostat.png Title text: Your problem is so terrible, I worry that, if I help you, I risk drawing the attention of whatever god of technology inflicted it on you. GOOMHR Speaking of bizarre technical problems, anyone want to help me with this one? https://superuser.co...
by TV4Fun
Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 14600

Re: 1905: Cast Iron Pan

Fridays tend to be early updates. I've seen just-after-East-Coast-midnight ones before. Still EDT, is it, that side of the pond? I forget which end of Daylight Savings doesn't match our Daylight Savings switching... (Soap never touches the metal inside my pans. That's teflon for you.) Yes, it's sti...
by TV4Fun
Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 14600

1905: "Cast Iron Pan"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/cast_iron_pans.png Title Text: If you want to evenly space them, it's easiest to alternate between the Arctic and Antarctic. Some people just go to the Arctic twice, near the equinoxes so the visits are almost 6 months apart, but it's not the same. In what I believe to ...
by TV4Fun
Fri Mar 03, 2017 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"
Replies: 57
Views: 11446

Re: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"

I felt similarly when lending someone my calculator once and trying to explain to them what reverse Polish notation was.
by TV4Fun
Thu Dec 01, 2016 1:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 17713

Re: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"

A simple answer to the question in the title text would be that you happened to bring a bag of apples with you and could plant the seeds.
by TV4Fun
Wed Jun 29, 2016 5:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1700: "New Bug"
Replies: 30
Views: 7449

Re: 1700: "New Bug"

Is the password ever passed as an argument to a GET query? I can imagine a case where that would cause the problem.
by TV4Fun
Wed Feb 04, 2015 6:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1482: "#NowPlaying"
Replies: 89
Views: 14575

Re: 1482: "#NowPlaying"

It sounds vaguely like All Things Bright and Beautiful, but in a different key than the standard.
by TV4Fun
Wed Dec 03, 2014 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1455: "Trolley Problem"
Replies: 171
Views: 31711

Re: 1455: "Trolley Problem"

Randall apparently watches SF Debris http://sfdebris.com/videos/stargate/atls3e15.php
by TV4Fun
Mon Apr 28, 2014 5:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1361: "Google Announcement"
Replies: 43
Views: 30416

Re: 1361: "Google Announcement"

God bless Google DNS. Do they do other things as well?
by TV4Fun
Fri Apr 18, 2014 12:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 163871

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

I will concede that by boycotting a company and pressuring them to fire someone because of a political contribution they made years before you are not actually breaking the law or infringing on anyone's legal rights. However, I always believed that freedom of expression was more than just a legal co...
by TV4Fun
Wed Apr 16, 2014 4:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1356: Orbital Mechanics
Replies: 36
Views: 12961

1356: Orbital Mechanics

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/orbital_mechanics.png Title text: To be fair, my job at NASA was working on robots and didn't actually involve any orbital mechanics. The small positive slope over that period is because it turns out that if you hang around at NASA, you get in a lot of conversations abou...
by TV4Fun
Wed Apr 09, 2014 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0091: "Faucet Power"
Replies: 36
Views: 10660

Re: What-If 0091: Faucet Power

strake wrote:That said, they seed clouds in Russia... are lizard people living at the Earth's core?
Can you prove that there aren't?
by TV4Fun
Wed Apr 09, 2014 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0091: "Faucet Power"
Replies: 36
Views: 10660

Re: What-If 0091: "Faucet Power"

It seems like this What-If is missing the biggest part of the question - he wanted to generate power from HOT water. I imagine his situation was much like mine, I pay for my own electricity, but my hot water comes from a large communal water heater. What is the best way to get energy back from the h...
by TV4Fun
Tue Dec 31, 2013 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1310: Goldbach Conjectures
Replies: 65
Views: 14484

Re: 1310: Goldbach Conjectures

The Russell twin prime conjecture states that the Russell twin prime conjecture is false.
by TV4Fun
Mon Dec 30, 2013 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1284: "Improved Keyboard"
Replies: 102
Views: 18834

Re: 1284: "Improved Keyboard"

glasnt wrote:When a custom leopard crashes your phone, you know you're in trouble
This thread is awesome with the right extensions :).
by TV4Fun
Mon Dec 30, 2013 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1310: Goldbach Conjectures
Replies: 65
Views: 14484

Re: 1310: Goldbach Conjectures

Flumble wrote:How could you prove things about numbers greater than 7 when you assume there are no numbers greater than 7?


http://xkcd.com/704/
by TV4Fun
Sat Jul 20, 2013 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1240: "Quantum Mechanics"
Replies: 201
Views: 42396

Re: 1240: "Quantum Mechanics"

GOOMHR. Reading through Leadership and the New Science and thinking this every few paragraphs.
by TV4Fun
Wed Apr 03, 2013 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1194: "Stratigraphic Record"
Replies: 53
Views: 11363

Re: 1194: "Stratigraphic Record"

Venus is a far more interesting case. The surface of Venus underwent a global resurfacing 300-500 million years ago, and nothing from before that remains. Now consider that for a period 4 Billion years ago that lasted approximately 600 million to 1 billion years, conditions on the surface of Venus w...
by TV4Fun
Sun Dec 16, 2012 10:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0959: "Caroling"
Replies: 69
Views: 26851

Re: 0959: "Caroling"

Obviously BHG is just trolling the ancient Yuletide carol.
by TV4Fun
Fri Nov 16, 2012 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1135: "Arachnoneurology"
Replies: 107
Views: 24137

Re: 1135: "Arachnoneurology"

Also, lest we forget, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHzdsFiBbFc, I am quite sure with the right chemicals we could reproduce this result.
by TV4Fun
Fri Nov 16, 2012 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1135: "Arachnoneurology"
Replies: 107
Views: 24137

Re: 1135: "Arachnoneurology"

If anyone is interested in trying this out, I'm sure this page will help you. http://psychology.wikia.com/wiki/Spiders In particular, http://psychology.wikia.com/wiki/Spider_web suggests variations in the gravity level may help adjust the shape of the final web.
by TV4Fun
Wed Nov 14, 2012 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0863: "Major in the Universe"
Replies: 108
Views: 22792

Re: 0863: "Major in the Universe"

I believe the major Randall is looking for is called Systems Science. :)
by TV4Fun
Tue Jun 12, 2012 12:02 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Google Weirdness
Replies: 4
Views: 3733

Re: Google Weirdness

Oddly it was just in Firefox on that one computer I tried it on that exhibited the effect. I guess that is basic troubleshooting right there. I deleted all my cookies from Google and it went back to normal. Still don't know what the cause was.
by TV4Fun
Fri Jun 08, 2012 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Google Weirdness
Replies: 4
Views: 3733

Re: Google Weirdness

It seems to be back to normal now. It was behaving quite oddly earlier.
by TV4Fun
Fri Jun 08, 2012 11:07 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Google Weirdness
Replies: 4
Views: 3733

Google Weirdness

Here is an experiment this morning. Try doing a Google search for any common term, something you would expect to see either their main website or Wikipedia page come up among the first hits. You will probably not find it. For instance, the first Google hit for XKCD is a link on TechCrunch to the Klo...

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